How sports-loving Kate Middleton has always encouraged Britain to go for gold

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The daring Duchess of Cambridge is the winner when it comes to sports.

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Yesterday we reported on how the royal action lady went down a rock face and mountain biking in the Lake District.

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Sports-savvy Kate Middleton has proved she’s ready to run for any occasioncredit: getty

They are the latest Olympic-worthy events Kate has given up on since marrying Prince William in 2011.

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The 39-year-old royal is always eager to pick up the bat, ball or racquet to encourage the nation to go to sleep, as we see here.

1. Volleyball

The Duchess is the patron of SportsAid – an organization that mentors young players to help them achieve their ambitions

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The Duchess is the patron of SportsAid – an organization that mentors young players to help them achieve their ambitionscredit: getty

Kate is ready to jump on it when asked – which she did in 2013 by trying out volleyball during the SportsAid Athlete’s Workshop at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.

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The Duchess is the patron of the organization that mentors young players to help them achieve their ambitions.

2. Sailing

This shot of her riding the waves off the Isle of Wight at the King's Cup Regatta in 2019 shows she definitely knows her bow with her elbow

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This shot of her riding the waves off the Isle of Wight at the King’s Cup Regatta in 2019 shows she definitely knows her bow with her elbowcredit: getty

Never one to be blown away, Kate has made being the wife of our future king just plain sailing.

This shot of her riding the waves off the Isle of Wight at the King’s Cup Regatta in 2019 shows she definitely knows her bow with her elbow.

3. Table Tennis

Though her kit may be unusual again, it's clearly a dress for success.

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Though her kit may be unusual again, it’s clearly a dress for success.credit: getty

Always ready to serve, Kate proved she was a smash hit in ping-pong while on a school tour in south London in 2012.

Though her kit may be unusual again, it’s clearly an outfit for success.

4. Rowing

The Duchess attends a training session with The Sisterhood Rowing Team in 2007

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The Duchess attends a training session with The Sisterhood Rowing Team in 2007credit: getty

You can say a brilliant all-rounder, Kate tries her hand at piloting a dragon boat on the Thames in London.

The Duchess was attending a training session with The Sisterhood Rowing Team in 2007 for a cross-Channel race later that year – which Kate understandably left to the experts.

5. Cricket

Kate wore this red dress to a knockout in New Zealand in 2014

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Kate wore this red dress to a knockout in New Zealand in 2014credit: getty

Cricket is bidding for a return to the Olympics in 2028, and Kate proved she’s ready to bat for the game.

And like many of the sport’s modern tournaments, she opted to ignore the traditional all-white dress code when she wore this red outfit to a knockout in New Zealand in 2014.

6. Hockey

Here she plays with the GB hockey teams at Riverside Arena at Olympic Park in London in 2012

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Here she plays with the GB hockey teams at Riverside Arena at Olympic Park in London in 2012credit: getty

The Duchess has been a keen fan of hockey since her school days, when she was the team captain at Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

Here she plays with the GB hockey teams at the Riverside Arena at Olympic Park in London in 2012 – and opts for more practical legwear than her cricketing attire.

7. Obstacles

The royal still managed to smile for the cameras

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The royal still managed to smile for the camerascredit: getty

Kate channeled her inner Jessica Ennis-Hill while doing a mini obstacle jump during a tennis workshop in Edinburgh with Andy Murray’s mother Judy in 2016.

And she still managed to smile for the cameras.

8. Running

Often seen in trainers, Kate has shown she can sprint, even though being a royal can seem like a marathon.

Here she is attending the SportsAid Stars charity event in Stratford, east London last year.

9. Archery

Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and the royal hit target during a visit to the country in 2016.

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Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and the royal hit target during a visit to the country in 2016.credit: getty

Archery is another string of Kate’s bow, as she proved when she hit a target on a trip to Bhutan in 2016 while trying out the country’s national sport.

Anyone who thinks he can’t keep up with William when faced with challenges is certainly wider than the mark.

10. Tennis

Here Kate visits the London headquarters of the Lawn Tennis Association, of which she is a patron

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Here Kate visits the London headquarters of the Lawn Tennis Association, of which she is a patroncredit: getty

EMMA RADUCANU may have won the US Open Tennis Championships, but Kate has long been another jewel in the crown of the British sport.

She is often seen in the royal box at Wimbledon and here she visits the London headquarters of the Lawn Tennis Association, of which she is a patron.

Kate Middleton proves she’s a jack of all trades as she rides a bike, rides a boat and embarks on a journey full of adventure

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